First of all, according to the number one definition of the word diet, it can be concluded that everyone of us is on a diet, it basically describes what you are eating on a daily basis. I think the whole concept of ‘dieting’ is a gimmick and ultimately leads to weight gain. The trick to getting to your ideal weight and staying there is to find the perfect diet for you. This can take time, but ultimately it will lead to satisfaction and lifelong health.
Here are some of the major factors to consider:
Identify Food Allergies- there are two types of food allergies, ones that cause anaphylaxis (IgE) and ones that cause mild inflammation (IgG). Many doctors do not understand the second type of food allergy which consistently lead to bigger health problems when left unidentified. The mild inflammation wrecks havoc on your intestinal lining and your immune system. You can use a blood test or the Elimination/Challenge Diet to discover if you have food allergies.
Balance Hormones- hormones like cortisol, insulin, thyroid, estrogen, testosterone and more control every aspect of weight gain and loss. They determine your metabolism, your cravings, and where you store your fat.
Eating Hygiene- slow down when you eat and CHEW your food, do not eat while stressed out, minimize drinking with meals to ensure adequate enzyme activity, be mindful when eating and avoid watching TV or surfing the web at the same time.
Eat organic when you can, if cost is an issue then refer to the EWG dirty dozen and clean dozen lists so you can make smart choices when you do your grocery shopping. (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/
Medications- steroids, anti depressants, high blood pressure meds, heartburn meds, and more can be messing with your appetite and causing you abnormal weight gain or loss. Natural remedies tend to have far fewer side effects and can work just as well. It is not an overnight activity to change over to natural remedies, but I feel it is well worth your time and energy. Please make sure you work with a qualified doctor to help you make the transition off of prescriptions.
Sleep- being well rested will lower your overall stress, which will help you make good decisions about your diet. The added stress of not sleeping enough makes you store fat more efficiently to handle the excess burden on your body. Usually insufficient sleep will lead to increased food intake, which adds more calories to the daily total. Make sleep a priority!
Stay Hydrated- dehydration will cause a decease in you blood volume, which will lead to a lower supply of oxygen to your muscles, this in turn can make you feel tired. Snacking is one way people deal with this and usually when people are tired they don’t make the best food choices. Try to get at least half of your body weight in ounces of clean water each day to feel your best.
Although this may seem like a lot of work, it is the only real way to determine what is right for you. If you have any questions at any time feel free to email me and we can discuss how to get you on the right track.
Good Luck everyone